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Kathy Robb

Kathy Robb
Parnter, Hunton & Williams LLP, New York, NY

Board dates

2007 - 2009
2010 - 2012

Kathy Robb’s practice at Sive, Paget & Riesel focuses on environmental litigation before federal district and appellate courts across the country and in the U.S. Supreme Court. She also counsels on environmental issues in complex transactions from the bid process through closing, advising clients on corporate structuring to best manage environmental risk.  Kathy represents water districts, developers, investors, lenders, energy companies, industrial and paper companies, and chemical manufacturers on water-related disputes, endangered species issues, environmental impact reviews, river sites with contaminated sediments, solid and hazardous waste issues, and sites with contaminated groundwater. Chambers says that Kathy “has an excellent reputation for her water law [experience]’ and “excels in ‘taking the lead—she’s great at setting the agenda, and pulling everybody together.”

Kathy has represented companies in many of the large Superfund sites across the United States, in CERCLA investigations, cleanups, and litigation, including the San Gabriel Valley; Kalamazoo River, where she served as liaison to the lead agency for the PRP group; and Shore Realty, where she chaired the PRP trial management committee. She has represented water districts in litigation about the Colorado River in the All-American Canal lining and Glen Canyon Dam cases; about the Rio Grande in the silvery minnow case; and about the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers in the whooping crane case. Those cases involved claims under NEPA, the Clean Water Act, the ESA, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Grand Canyon Protection Act, among other statutes and common law claims. Kathy developed the structure for, and filed with FERC, the market design and rules for a resource-adequacy market for an independent system operator. She also advised energy companies on the CWA’s implications when permitting cooling water intake structures, and litigated the licensing of a nuclear power plant. She routinely advises buyers, sellers, and lenders on environmental risk in complex business transactions that include mergers and acquisitions, loans, investments, project finance, leveraged-leases, LBOs, and purchases and sales of properties and facilities, including issues arising in bankruptcy.

Kathy serves as an adjunct professor at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; is vice-chair of the Waterfront Alliance in New York City; is the president of the Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC; and is elected to the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar. She was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2016.